Following a news article in the Parish magazine, a new beginners' session has commenced at Yeovil Marsh Village Hall, BA21 3QG.

The session is on Tuesday afternoons between 15:35 ang 16:35, following on from the Intermediate and advanced Session from 14:00 to 15:30.

Session costs are £5 per session or £15 per month with the aim to run between 44 and 48 sessions per year.

Best regards and stay safe

For more information / updates, please contact Simon Champion

As an additional resource, the COREhealth library is now online for Ordinary and Full members. To Access, please use your members' login.

This library contains Patrick Harries and Simon Champion's collection of Books and DVD's available for loan to Students. The library covers.

  • Tai Chi Chuan / Tai Ji Quan
  • Qui gong / Chi gong
  • Body and health such as acupressure

June 30th, 2022.

A further 5 titles have been added to the library, bringing the total to 75 Books and DVD's, of which 4 are currently on loan.

2021 10 16 14.56.42On a drenching, wet October Saturday, 28 students turned out at the Lochinver School Hall, Potters bar, to take part in a workshop led by Simon Watson ( Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain ) covering the Yang Style 88 routine in detail; the workshop was attended by Simon from COREhealth

Simon Watson is Senior Technical Advisor to Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain. He began his training 22 years ago with his father Richard Watson. Since the formation of Longfei in 1991 he has trained extensively with his father, Professor Li De Yin and Master Wang Yanji. He has had a successful career in British Taiji competition and has been team captain to the British Wushu Team for both the European and World Wushu Championships.

After arriving at 9:00, the session started at 9:30am with a full body warm up. Simon explained that we would be exploring the first 30 moves in the morning, the second 30 moves in the afternoon, and the last 28 on Sunday Morning - these were not covered on the Saturday. When asked, most of the 28 students had practised (though not remembered) the full 88 routine with  the other 6 being familiar with the 24. The coaching then begin.

Simon uses wit and humour mixed liberally with reminiscences from his long experience of Taiji and Qigong to reinforce his detailed knowledge of the form and it's details. Throughout the day, he referred to two books in the Member's Library.

We last attended a work shop on the 88 with Simon early in 2018; then it was the form and road map that was covered (all 88 moves in one day) whereas this year, as with the 24 last year, Simon went through some finer points about the routine, the Taijiquan forms in general with a large focus on the applications to provide a canvas for our understanding of the forms.

I took notes, audio recordings and some short videos of 4 key moves where there were significant corrections.

As always, there were minor revisions to the details of many of the moves and, just to mix things up.

For detailed report on the subtle changes, please see the report in the members' area..


pageant With COVID 19 still impeding our lives, and vaccinations for all just around the corner, we are planning with hope, to hold this years session in Pageant Gardens Sherborne.

In the past, we have been hosted by South Dorset Tia Chi, in Dorchester - this year we have invited them to join join us in Sherborne.

The event is free and open to all students of Tai Chi, other clubs in the area and members of the public - either to watch or take part.

World Tai Chi Day is a celebration of Tai Chi, around the world with 1 hour of Tai Chi being performed between 10am and 11am in each Time Zone, starting with Western Samoa and moving west around the world with the clock.

We will be doing simple (and more complex) Tai Chi routines as demonstrations inclding Tai Chi Sword routines.

The invitation has been extend to 4 other local clubs and the hope is that many will attend.

The necessary paperwork has been sent to Sherborne Town Council for Permission to hold the event in the Gardens.

We hope to see you all at the end of April

for further details, please contact Simon Champion



tcugbThe Tai Chi Union of Great Britain

25 September 2020

Re: Simon Champion (1611)

Dear Simon,
Following the Technical Panel meeting, their recommendation is that your Grade now be an A (Advanced).
I have enclosed your new card with the Grade updated and have informed John, our Webmaster.
The TCUGB wish you all the best in the future.

tcygbl4 letter

Best Wishes,

Aileen Mandić
(Treasurer. Membership Secretary)

TP: Dan Docherty, Shelagh Grandpierre, Marnix wells.